National Parks

This bi-monthly journal publishes news and features on nature conservation and national parks.

Articles from Vol. 87, No. 4, Fall

A Tale of Two Rivers
A unique division of the National Park Service is connecting residents to trails and waterways where they live, from Atlanta's Chattahoochee River to the Los Angeles River.The Los Angeles River has appeared in more than a dozen major films and television...
California Dreaming
Photographer Ian Shive finds the perfect escape in Channel Islands National Park, just a few miles from Los Angeles, but worlds away from Hollywood.For the last 15 years, I've been escaping my hometown of Los Angeles to visit a chain of islands that...
First Impressions
A Connecticut farm tells the story of painter Julian Alden Weir, who helped introduce Americans to Impressionism.I H1882, NEW YORK CITY ART COLLECTOR Erwin Davis became enthralled with a landscape painting owned by a young artist named Julian Alden Weir,...
Gentle Giants
The national parks' towering sequoias have thrived for thousands of years. Can they survive climate change?WHO DOESN'T LOVE A GOOD MYSTERY? Stand amidst a grove of sequoias, the largest trees on Earth, and you'll notice the shade, the peace, and the...
Hidden Valley
From bike paths to contra dances to fresh, local fare, Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers a quintessential Midwest experience.I drove into Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Park on a warm spring evening with my Japanese folding bike in tow. The first...
Letters
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MOREI loved the wildlife map in the Summer issue "Where the Wild Things Are"-what a great idea to have something like this handy for travel. But there is one thing readers should note. As a former intern park ranger at Carlsbad Caverns,...
National Parks Need Help
As NPCA's members know, our 401 national parks represent America's best Idea, but recent budget cuts are forcing park superintendents to make some impossibie decisions. This infographic, which has aiready appeared in hundreds of media outiets, spells...
Night and Day
After 30 years of intense habitat restoration on the Channel Islands, the island night lizard might be ready to come off the endangered species list.Forty years ago, vast swaths of the Channel Islands looked more like an eroded desert than a national...
On a Ledge
Wolverines may soon be listed as a threatened species.In the spring of 2009, a wolverine known as M56 walked out of his home in Wyoming's Teton Range and headed south. According to his tracking implant, he scaled craggy cliffs and fields of talus. He...
One Tree
Last year, photographer James Baiog came to Washington, D.C., to talk about his research on trees and global warming, and I was fortunate enough to see him speak. At the end of his presentation, a woman in the audience asked how we can expect the next...
Summer in the City
Nearly one year ago, on October 29, Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, affecting thousands of people and damaging more than 70 national park units, including Gateway National Recreation Area in New York and New Jersey.Essentially neglected since...
Swimming with Dinosaurs
Atlantic sturgeon are making a surprising comeback in the Chesapeake Bay.Few people know Virginia's iames river as intimately Matt Balazik. Like his father and grandfather before him, Balazik grew up swimming, fishing, and rowing a boat through these...
The Life AQUATIC
At New York City's Harbor School, students use Gateway National Recreation Area's maritime environment as their classroom-and preparation for life after graduation.The wind picked up, blowing gray clouds over lower Manhattan, when Julian Perez and Gabriel...
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